Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos
Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos is a San Francisco based performance artist, activist arts administrator and community organizer. His work seeks to create a space to scrutinize, question, construct and deconstruct the systems that hold the personal in relationship to the social, spiritual and ecological. His work ranges from contemporary performance art for the stage, public interventions and communal ritual experiences to traditional Mexican Folklórico dance. Jorge has worked with choreographers such as Meg Stuart, Sommer Ulrickson, and Erika Chong Shuch as well as two of his current mentors Keith Hennessy and Sara Shelton Mann. He derives much of his energy from the vibrant communities that abound in San Francisco, especially his close friends working in queer performance and activism. Jorge was born in Los Angeles, has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, and is certified in Urban Permaculture Design.
Jesse Hewit is a choreographer working primarily in San Francisco, and the leader of Strong Behavior, an ongoing performance project and company. Additionally, he curates and facilitates original performance and discussion through Dancer’s Group, CounterPULSE, and the National Queer Arts Festival. In the past year, besides working with his extraordinary company, Jesse has collaborated on original work with Erika Chong Shuch, Catherine Galasso, Sara Kraft, Travis Mathews, and Keith Hennessy, and was the recipient of the 2010 GOLDIE award for performance. He holds a BFA from Tisch’s Experimental Theater Wing (NYU) and an MA in Sexuality Studies from SFSU. To learn more, go to jessehewit.com, and come see Dog, premiering at Z Space in December of 2011.
Mark McBeth, documentarian
Mark documents contemporary Bay Area alternative dance and performance through photography and videography, including work made through TheOffCenter, The Home Theater Festival, The Garage, MCVF, Theatre of Yugen, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CounterPULSE, the streets of San Francisco and beyond. He conducts “in studio” interviews with local makers about their creative processes and intentions and collaborates with them to produce promotional materials, work samples and media content for performances. His background in the ethics and principles of Permaculture Design, Non-Violent Communication and Community Mediation informs his role as “performance anthropologist”. Some current work can be seen at www.vimeo.com/markmcbethprojects.
Philip Huang is the founder of the (International) Home Theater Festival, and presented Art on BART with TOC in winter of 2010. to see Philips work visit his Youtube Channer
Julie Phelps, born in a small town with the Mississippi River running through. She studies/contemplates/practices performance, holds a BA in psychology from Macalester (MN), and lives in San Francisco. She has studied with Sara Shelton Mann and Keith Hennessy – serving as provocateur for Hennessy’s new work Turbulence. She works as a performer, curator, and producer: director/instigator of THEOFFCENTER, member of Jesse Hewit’s Strong Behavior; director of Too Much! a queer marathon; and Program Manager at CounterPULSE. She imagines art-making as a curative force that pours through space/time collecting the silt of people and places, arriving at a cloudy release that is merely another beginning. CounterPULSE.org – Theoffcenter.org
Harold Burns is a dancer, educator and organizer. He attempts to be more human everyday. He likes to examine power and subconscious desires. He’s sensitive and a little shy, but he loves fiercely even if you hate him. He likes building community with new and old friends, he tries to remember your name and the last dream you shared with him. He has a vision for a world where artists and other poor people have access to affordable housing, healthcare and political power.
Evan Johnson is a queer theatre and performance maker working in devised/ensemble strategies and physical theatre forms. His work includes text, character and story explorations, movement, improvisation and masks. Evan co-founded IT Speaks along with Jamie Van Camp in 2006 as well as 11.11 Art Group with Ernesto Sopprani in 2010. He teaches performance classes to young people at several local sites through SF Rec and Parks. A graduate of The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA, Evan presented his original play for one actor, “DON’T FEEL: The Death of Dahmer” (with 11.11 Art Group) at Mama Calizo’s Factory (RIP) as a 2010 DIY Resident Artist. Also at MCVF he co-created “SHAME!” with Naked Empire Bouffon (2009). IT Speaks has presented it’s interactive comedic showcase “The Hello Show!” in 2007 and 2008 and taught physical theatre workshops to High Schoolers. Since moving to San Francisco in 2009, Evan has begun performing an eccentric female character named Martha T. Lipton (the failed actress) at bars and parties. Johnson studied character-based comedy with Master Clowns, Giovanni Fusetti in Boulder, CO in 2007 and at Dell’Arte with Ronlin Foreman (’05 and ’06). Evan has worked as an Intern with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA in 2006. Currently, he is working with The New Conservatory Theatre Center, as an Emerging Artist, where he will premiere his newest full-length solo work PANSY, in 2012. Fore more information on Evan and to stay up to date on PANSY click here: http://contemporaryperformance.org/profile/EvanJohnson
Maryam Farnaz Rostami
Maryam Farnaz Rostami is a San Francisco based drag queen and contemporary performance artist from Texas. Her work deals with the complexities of the modern condition through the lens of an overachieving child of model minorities. Trained as an architect, Maryam exacerbates and collides her many hats when making performance, and engages audiences on a visual, intellectual and emotional level. She is dedicated to artistic engagement as an invitation for thinking about, looking at and talking to one another differently. Her drag persona, Mona G. Hawd, uses lipsync, movement, narrative and dance and an exaggerated high femme medium to question ownership of images in our culture.
As student of theater and performance for 25 years, Sigourney has specialized in physical theater, improvisation and site specific performance. 6 years ago he fled the proscenium stage and traditional venues and refocused his energies on go-go performance installations and the populace stages of the nightlife. 2 years ago he created drag persona VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! and since has performed on stages and festivals in San Francisco, L.A. New York, and London, and in the deYoung, the New Museum (nyc) and Yerba Buena Center for the arts.
Sigourney also produces the WORK MORE! series, a twice a year drag production featuring nightlife performers presented in a “real” theater context, where their processes are exposed, and their boundaries pushed. As a writer his work has been featured as part of the Radar Reading series alongside San Francisco’s Poet Laureate.
Laura/Larry grew up in Louisiana. She has been making performance in the Bay since 2008. Most recently she was an artist in residence at CounterPULSE, creating the work Hot Wings under the mentorship of Joe Goode. She has worked as a guest artist in The University of San Francisco’s Dance and Social Justice Department, as a choreographer for Cutting Ball Theater (voted best theater by The San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay 2010), as an assistant director for Erika Chong Shuch’s Love Everywhere, and as a performer for AXIS Dance/David Dorfman, Jess Curtis, Keith Hennessy, Christopher Williams, Nina Winthrop, and Ellis Wood. She has a BFA from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she studied Dance, Art, and Gender Studies. www.lauraarringtondance.com
Honey Jernquist is a visual and performance artist working in a variety of no, old, and low tech media. His work addresses issues of personal, public and private space and their intersections; personal devotion, material obsession, and the ephemeral. He lives and works in San Francisco. Most people know him as Honey McMoney. www.honeymcmoney.com
Tessa received a BA from the university of Birmingham in music and dance, and was then selected to represent the UK at P.A.R.T.S, Brussels, where she began her camera in performance work. She has since received The Bonnie Bird Choreography award, and has held residencies in New Zealand, Vienna, Brussels and Finland, where she is part of the ongoing research in performance group “Pora Projeckti”. While living in London (2004-9) she secured £250,000 in funding to lead community arts projects (dance for camera). She emigrated to San Francisco in 2010, and has made a solo to complete her masters in choreography from Middlesex University in the UK, as well as a video and dance installation for the Meridian Gallery, and a 12 minute dance for camera DVD funded by the British Council. Her most recent work is a 20 minute solo on herself ;”bird and person dyning”, created for her Masters in Choreography at Middlesex University, performed in London, and headlining the Too Much! queer performance marathon January 2011, San Francisco.
Tessa is a a choreographer and live artist with some success behind her as an artist and arts leader in Brussels, London and Vienna, who has chosen to live in San Francisco because of the sensuality of the city. Her background comes from Music through Ballet and Contemporary dance training to Live Art, and now moving back into an interrogation of dance, and its inherent value/not. Her current concerns in practice are around wounds, punctures, liminality and the movement organizational principles of birds. As well as that esoteric aspect her work frequently embodies a ‘manically charged present’ with the audience which faces the terrifying aspect of sharing reality in the here and now; an ontology of presence. Recently Tessa has completed a 22 minute solo, “bird and person dyning” performed at Too Much!, a commission for the Meridian Gallery, Union Square San francisco called “flicker/follow”, and an 11minute dance film funded by the British Council called “mine/scratch/mine”. She is leading a bay area dramaturgy group to investigate and reflect the cultural identity of the area on an international scale. She is completing the theoretical aspect of her masters in choreography at Middlesex University in London.
Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer and performer. She grew up in and around the Bay Area, training and performing as a classical ballerina and majoring in Dance and Art History at Mills College. She then studied performance and classical techniques in New York and India before spending a year in Minneapolis dancing with the Dylan Skybrook Dance Company, and three years living and dancing in Brussels Belgium with Fougere Dance. Since returning stateside where she has had the pleasure of performing Keith Hennessy, Kelly Kemp, Aura Fischbeck, Christine Cali, Alyssa Lee and Abigail Hosein, and she currently works with Laura Arrington.